Tomas Satoransky
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Tomas Satoransky talked about Czech Republic’s qualification to the World Cup, his presence in the NBA and Juan Carlos Navarro’s retirement.

Here is what the 26-year-old point guard told Walla’s Arale Weisberg:

On Czech Republic qualifying to the World Cup: “None of our players were even born when Czechoslovakia played last time in the MundoBasket, so we definitely understand how big this achievement is for us.

This is a very special moment for all of us. I hope this success will change something in the Czech Republic, who loves football and ice hockey more, but maybe this will make more kids love basketball, dream about it and play it. After winning the 7th position in 2015 EuroBasket, we are proving it was no accident.”

On his presence in the NBA: “I’m living the dream. The NBA is different than any other thing I’ve ever experienced. The second season was much easier for me from the beginning.

As a rookie, I had a problem. I got too excited about everything, but now I know how this league works, I’m focused on the main things. Once John Wall got injured, I was ready for my chance.”

On Navarro’s retirement: “The most amazing about Navarro is that he was the biggest star and yet the most normal guy. While we were playing together in Barcelona he was no longer in his prime, but you could feel his magic touch. He just came to work every day.

His retirement is a lesson for life. You can achieve everything, win it all, be Juan Carlos Navarro, but at the end, you can’t beat your own body. He had too many injuries in the last few years, and had to quit.”